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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: BEN DOWN UNDER

Staff Spotlight:  Ben Down Under

By Ben Blaylock

All photos copyrighted Ben Blaylock, © 2017 Ben Blaylock.

On December 9, 2017, I left San Antonio, Texas, for a work trip to New Zealand.  Once the work was done, I tagged an additional 10 days on to my trip, rented a car, and set out on an adventure. Over those 10 days, I drove 3088 km, or 1918 miles exploring the North and South islands. That’s 200 miles further than San Antonio to San Francisco!!  This country has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world… it was a truly memorable experience I won’t soon forget.

New Zealand

My formal destination was Tauranga, NZ, where I was set to monitor data for one of the trials we are working on at HCC. 

It took two days to get there–all in all close to 30 hours of travel time.  After a one-night layover in Brisbane, AU on December 10th, I arrived in Auckland, NZ on the afternoon of Monday, Dec 11th. It was then another 2.5hr drive from Auckland to Tauranga.

I worked from Tuesday through Thursday, Dec 12-14th, and had from Dec 15 – 24th of personal time to get out and explore.  Most of the trip was spent in NZ (10 days, Dec 11 – 21).   Our winter is their summer, so long daylight hours meant I could get out and explore after work until about 9 pm or so when the sun went down, so even though I had to work the first 3 days, there was plenty to explore in and around Tauranga until I was officially done with work on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec 14th.

I did a sea kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove, NZ.  They say it’s the most photographed spot in New Zealand and is the shooting location of the Prince Caspian Narnia movie.

Visited the Hobbiton movie set in Waikato NZ, filming location for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series.  The Shire was truly spectacular. It’s like walking into Middle Earth… they have over 14 acres dedicated to the movie set alone, with 40 hobbit houses, each unique, meticulously decorated, and designed to reflect life and personality of the hobbit that lives there. So much detail…… just like out of the movies.

Went spelunking in the Waitomo caves in Waitomo, NZ, which is about 2 hours southwest of Tauranga,

One of my travel days was 17 hours long, which surprisingly, was one of the highlights of the trip.  On this particular day, I woke up at 4 am in Wellington, NZ and took a 3-hour car ferry across the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island to Picton, NZ.  From there I drove 10 hours southwest to Mount Cook, the tallest point in New Zealand. On the way, I saw beautiful flora. These are Lupine beside a creek near Mount Cook, NZ.

Mount Cook and Tasman Lake, nestled in the Southern Alps

Mount Cook is an international dark-sky reserve and has some of the darkest skies on the planet… and I had an observatory tour and time with the telescope booked that night.  Before making the drive, I learned they had canceled the night sky tour the last 5 nights in a row because of cloudy weather. They couldn’t make any promises that the tour would happen that night, but I had to try… Turns out it was a beautiful, clear night, the tour was on, and the sky was spectacular!!  Even with a few clouds, you could see the stars right through them, the sky is so dark there. Here’s some of what I saw through the telescope:

  • Seven Sisters (Pleiades) open star cluster
  • Five diamonds – star cluster. Had a couple of Red giants! 
  • Orion Nebula – beautiful! No clouds over Orion, very clear and sharp
  • 47 Tucanae – oldest star system – 11 billion years old – through a telescope just a  cluster. So beautiful!!
  • Small Magellanic cloud- 200 million light years away
  • Large Magellanic Cloud – 160 million light years. 3rd closest galaxy to the Milky Way. It contains tarantula nebula, we looked at it through the telescope 
  • and of course: the Geminid meteor shower!! It was mostly over, but because it was so dark there, I saw a good dozen or so shooting stars over Gemini… so bright!! No telescope needed.

Such a rare treat to see a part of the sky we just don’t see on this side of the world…. The southern cross wasn’t visible through the telescope, but I stayed up late until it crested just above the mountains about 1 am… and with the sky so bright, it was a sight to see.  

Australia

It’s not often I’m on this side of the planet, so the last three days of my trip I took the opportunity to visit Cairns, Australia and check off a bucket list item: dive the Great Barrier Reef.  It was my first dive ever, and I’m sure I’ve spoiled diving forever.  The water was crystal blue, the coral was alive and vibrant, and the sea creatures bigger than life.  Well worth the trip!

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School of Bumphead Parrotfish.  Each of these massive fish was about the size of a small human

I ended my trip in Sydney, Australia for one last look at the Southern sky 

Sunset from the Sydney Observatory

One of the biggest challenges driving in New Zealand was roundabouts! Just when I got comfortable driving on the left side of the road, I’d come to one, and usually got the horn from other drivers, or have to jam on my brakes to avoid a catastrophe. That definitely kept me alert and on my toes!  

The odd thing about driving on the left side of the road, though, was that for the first few days, I had to keep telling myself over and over, “Keep left, keep left, keep left.” There was even a big sticker on the dash that said those words in big bold red letters, which helped.  But after a week or so, driving on the left started to really make sense… we read from left to right, right?  When we’re scanning the horizon, our eyes naturally start on the left… so driving on the left started to really make sense.  So much so that when I got home, driving on the right felt weird, unnatural even. Thankfully, I quickly adapted back to driving on the right, but I still think about that sometimes and how we may be the ones who are driving on the “wrong” side of the road….

Tips for travelers

CRA work provides an amazing opportunity to get out and see the world. Even when I take trips in the US, I always try to make time to leave the hotel room and see what’s around.  Sometimes that means arriving earlier in the day or staying an extra day to see some sights.  

Tip #1: Stay at hostels when extending a work trip or traveling for fun. They’re usually situated right in the action, within walking distance to major sights and activity, bus/rail lines, etc.  Many hostels are in older historic buildings as well, with a great history.  Hostels are also much better than hotels for getting the low-down on walking tours in your area, sights to see, talking to fellow travelers, etc.  In addition to shared rooms for really cheap, most hostels have private rooms available as well, for much cheaper than a hotel.

Tip #2: For extended trips, mail your souvenirs or gifts home, rather than lugging them around your entire trip.  It’s a great way to lighten your load–and make room for more stuff!

I’m so excited and grateful for the chance to explore Australia and New Zealand and that my role with HCC provides diverse opportunities around the world. 

As always, thanks for tuning into the HCC blog!! 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD

Last year at this time, alongside the visions of sugarplums dancing in my head were thoughts of gratitude. As 2017 has progressed and now comes to a close, I am struck by what those visions have meant for me this year.  Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, and host of the television show, The Profit, is famous for saying that products and processes can be improved, but that:

“People are the most important thing.”

This is what I’d like to share with you today. In our business, it is truly the people that make all the difference and I am grateful for the people I work with and the relationships HCC has cultivated around the world. Our theme this year was indeed about people and relationships.

In 2017, we added staff to allow for growth of our infrastructure and improvement of our processes. Our team has infused new, fresh ideas to our business and for this, I am so very thankful.  In 2018, we hope to continue to grow and build our capabilities by relying on the talents and skills of the HCC team. By building on our strengths, we will be adding new functionalities to the services we offer.

I often see companies like ours grow at rates that are unsustainable, where growth outpaces the companies’ ability to provide high-quality services. It is our goal for 2018 to continue to grow HCC, but to grow at a deliberate pace such that we can continue to provide the highest quality service, where we continue to strive to do the right things and to do right by our team.  Or, as Ivan Chouinard, CEO of Patagonia, author of Let My People go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman and famed climber has said, 

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”

 

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season, with joy, love, and success in the coming new year

From all of us at HCC

Jim Hart

Message from the President: A mid-year celebration

This, HCC’s 50th blog post, is a message of celebration.  Since we are halfway through 2017, I’d like to share with you some things I am exceptionally happy about and graciously thankful for.

One of our goals for this year was to continue to provide high-quality service in the areas in which we excel. As Risk-Based Monitoring (RBM) continues to grow and become accepted as an effective and sustainable study monitoring option, I am grateful to have been able to take part in a panel-discussion on RBM recently in California that was sponsored by Emanate Life Sciences, Collaborations in Clinical Research Series. The focus of the discussion was on what works and what doesn’t work for RBM as we move forward into an era guided by the E6 R2 Good Clinical Practice Guidelines. I started HCC because there was a need for highly skilled technical advisors to serve as liaisons between sponsors and research sites.  I am so very thankful that device training and study monitoring have been the backbone of our business and that we have been able to provide high-quality service to our customers to fill those areas of need.

Another of our goals this year was to expand our services and to solidify our commitment to process improvement and quality while doing so. We have spent the first half of 2017 focused on finding and filling any gaps in our processes and in our internal quality system.  In the second half of this year, we will be announcing expansions in our service offerings to become a full-service, specialty CRO. I’m very excited about the culmination of our team’s efforts into what we have affectionately named our Pillars of Service and hope you will be too. Stay tuned for more information!

I’d like to leave you with what I feel is the most important piece of all–the personal connections we make as we travel this road of life. Throughout these last six months, I have seen the power of the connections in our community, and among our staff, employees, and clients to do great things. It is an adventure to build and grow HCC, but more than that, as Bear Grylls once said, “Adventure has always been to me the connections and bonds you create with people when you’re there.”  It is my continued hope that HCC can be there with you to continue to make those connections.

Sincerely,

Jim Hart

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HCC Employee Donates $500 to Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc.  

Noblesville, IN (March 16, 2016) – Janice Boyd, clinical research associate (CRA) for Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) – a national clinical research organization (CRO) – donated $500 to Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. this week as a result of winning HCC’s “Hart Healthy Challenge,” a National Hearth Month initiative to support healthy lifestyles and give back to the local community. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track their steps, the team members attempted to reach and surpass daily step goals. First and second place finishers were awarded cash prizes to donate to their favorite local charity.

“I chose Morning Dove for a number of reasons. As a nurse, I’m a caregiver by nature, but also a passionate animal lover,” said Janice, who owns two horses herself. “Morning Dove does an amazing job of helping people, primarily children, to work with physical and emotional challenges.”

The challenge not only gave Janice the opportunity to give back to her local community, but she also found an increased motivation to exercise. She became aware of sitting for too long and got creative with her efforts to achieve her daily step goal with activities like walking the dog, jogging in place, doing jumping jacks and sometimes just running around the house.

“I’m active by nature,” Janice said. “But the Hart Healthy Challenge drove me to move more than usual.”

HCC takes a personal interest in their staff and was thrilled when the team achieved a total of 3.4 million steps together. According to a study released in June 2015 by the Society for Human Resource Management, 70 percent of U.S. employers now offer some kind of employee wellness program. The trend of walking-based challenges like the “Hart Healthy Challenge” will continue to be popular in 2016, and HCC plans to organize another competition later this year.

“Everyone won something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals,” said HCC Chief Executive Officer Jim Hart. “We value the health and happiness of our employees. It was amazing to see how the competition sparked their motivation and excitement. I hope we inspired other companies to do the same.”

To learn more about HCC’s national team of medical professionals and innovative services, visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.

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About Hart Clinical Consultants: Hart Clinical Consultants is a comprehensive clinical research organization (CRO), providing staff augmentation and leadership throughout all phases of medical device and pharma/IND clinical trials. HCC has an industry leading staff of senior clinical research consultants and specialists across the country that integrate directly into host environments, providing expert proctoring, training, monitoring and oversight for medical device trials. Hart Clinical Consultants has a proven history of securing thorough and timely results for such high-profile brands as Stryker, ResMed, Juventas, CardioDx and Integrium. For more information, follow @HartClinical on Twitter or visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.

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Local Athlete Donates $2,000 to Operation Homefront

San Antonio (March 9, 2016) – Ben Blaylock, clinical research associate (CRA) for Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) – a national clinical research organization (CRO) – donated $2,000 to Operation Homefront this week, a local charity providing emergency assistance to service members’ families and wounded vets. Ben received this money as a prize for earning first place in the “Hart Healthy Challenge,” an initiative by HCC during Heart Month (February) to support healthy lifestyles and give back to the communities HCC serves. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track their steps, the team members attempted to reach and surpass daily step goals.

“The charity is near and dear to my heart, since many of my family members currently serve or have served in the military,” said Ben.

The competition not only gave Ben the opportunity to give back to his local community, but it also helped him achieve a personal goal of training for the “Alamo 13.1 Half Series” – a San Antonio half-marathon scheduled for March. Between training for the half-marathon and aiming to win the Hart Healthy Challenge, Ben lost 20 pounds in just a few weeks.

“This wouldn’t have happened without the challenge,” Ben said. “Seeing the rest of the team’s activity motivated me to surpass the step goal every day. All the walking strengthened my legs, making a huge difference in my training.”

HCC takes a personal interest in their staff and was thrilled when the team achieved a total of 3.4 million steps together. According to a study released in June 2015 by the Society for Human Resource Management, 70 percent of U.S. employers now offer some kind of employee wellness program. The trend of walking-based challenges like the “Hart Healthy Challenge” will continue to be popular in 2016, and HCC plans to organize another competition later this year.

“Everyone won something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals,” said HCC Chief Executive Officer Jim Hart. “We value the health and happiness of our employees. It was amazing to see how the competition sparked their motivation and excitement. We hope we inspired other companies to do the same.”

To learn more about HCC’s national team of medical professionals and innovative services, visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com

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About Hart Clinical Consultants: Hart Clinical Consultants is a comprehensive clinical research organization (CRO), providing staff augmentation and leadership throughout all phases of medical device and pharma/IND clinical trials. HCC has an industry leading staff of senior clinical research consultants and specialists across the country that integrate directly into host environments, providing expert proctoring, training, monitoring and oversight for medical device trials. Hart Clinical Consultants has a proven history of securing thorough and timely results for such high-profile brands as Stryker, ResMed, Juventas, CardioDx and Integrium. For more information, follow @HartClinical on Twitter or visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.

 

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Hart Healthy Challenge- Changing Hearts and Lives

The Hart Healthy Challenge has officially come to an end. Ben Blaylock took first place with Janice Boyd stepping in at a close second.

In honor of Heart Month and in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and interactions between the team, we challenged our staff to a friendly competition in February. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track steps, everyone attempted to reach and surpass daily goals of 10,000 steps recommended by the American Heart Association. Together, our team walked 3.4 million steps during the month-long challenge!

We value the health and happiness of our employees, and it was amazing to see how the competition created a natural motivation in the team to move more. Everyone “won” something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals.

As part of the first-place prize, Ben received $2,000 to donate to his charity of choice, Operation Homefront. Based in Ben’s hometown of San Antonio, Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance to service member’s families and wounded vets. The charity is close to Ben’s heart since many of his family members currently serve or have served in the military.

Janice Boyd earned second place in the challenge and also received $500 to donate to the charity of her choice, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. Morning Dove helps people, primarily children, to work with physical and emotional challenges. As an animal lover and owner of two horses, Janice understands the healing impact horses have on people and was thrilled with the opportunity to give back to such a deserving organization.

Ben set a New Year’s resolution in January to get back in shape. After a few weeks, he hadn’t made the progress he was hoping for, so he decided to sign up for a half marathon called the “Alamo 13.1” in San Antonio. At the same time, he was asked to join the “Hart Healthy Challenge” and the timing was perfect! Training for the half marathon and aiming to win the Hart Healthy Challenge, Ben was more motivated than ever and lost 20 pounds in just a few weeks!

“This wouldn’t have happened without the challenge,” Ben said. “Seeing the rest of the team’s activity motivated me to surpass the step goal every day. All the walking strengthened my legs, making a huge difference in my training.”

Similarly, Janice found an increased motivation to exercise because of the Hart Healthy Challenge. She became aware of sitting for too long and would do anything to achieve her daily step goal such as walking the dog, jogging in place, walking on the treadmill, doing jumping jacks and sometimes just running around the house.

“I’m active by nature,” Janice said. “But the Hart Healthy Challenge made me more conscious of being still and drove me to move more than usual.”

The other team members were close behind Ben and Janice and we’re proud of everyone for pushing their limits, to not only increase their health, but also give back to a bigger cause! Many thanks to the team! We hope this challenge inspired not only our staff, but other companies in our industry to put the health of their employees first.

 

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Sr. Clinical Research Associate Patti Lawrence Proctors Insertion of Sentry IVC Filter

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 12.49.44 PMWe pride ourselves on having clinical research associates (CRA) like Patti Lawrence, who go above and beyond during clinical trials. When Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) was contracted by NOVATE Medical Ltd. to proctor physicians during the Sentry IVC clinical trial, CRA Patti Lawrence was called in to lead. Patti’s past experience in cath labs and knowledge of surgical etiquette made her the perfect CRA for this trial. Throughout the case, she guided physicians through procedures and, with little notice, made herself available to assist the sponsor at various U.S. locations as needed.

According to NOVATE, the bio-convertible Sentry IVC filter is designed to provide protection from PE during the period that a patient is at risk, and then bioconvert to a non-filtering configuration after a minimum of 60 days. This feature removes the requirement for an additional interventional procedure to retrieve the device. In addition, Sentry has a cylindrical frame that is designed to reduce the reported complications of existing IVC filter technologies, including tilt, migration, fracture, and vessel perforation. The procedure requires insertion of the device into a patient’s inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart and is designed to filter for blood clots so they don’t migrate to the lungs.

This is currently the only known medical device that actually bioconverts inside the body, meaning it can change once inside to react to its environment. It is a game changer.

Testing new devices and performing investigational procedures on patients can be stressful. In many instances, we must make ourselves available at a moment’s notice to catch a plane and head to a site. This is what makes HCC proctors unique, our ability to accommodate the sponsor when timing is critical to the success of their clinical trial.

We are always thrilled to get feedback from our clients and were pleased when NOVATE had only praise for their experience with Patti. “Patti’s knowledge and clinical experience has served us well. Not only is she confident, but she portrays that confidence and knowledge to those she comes in contact with. You have a gold mine.” What a ringing endorsement!

Patti Lawrence is one of the reasons we are unique among other CROs. Like Patti, each member of the HCC team has practical, hands-on, clinical expertise and proficiency in clinical trial operations. This is not the norm. This unique combination allows study sponsors to focus our resources where they are needed most at various times throughout the trial – whether that be in device training, case proctoring, site management or study monitoring. This reduces the number of committed staff for completing trial activities and often ensures the same person will be the sponsor’s point of contact throughout each trial.

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Hart Healthy Challenge: Get Active. Give Back.

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February is Heart Month, and in support of cardiac-health recognition, Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) is getting active and giving back. By now, the New Year resolution hype is dying down and we are settling into 2016. Our goal is to remind everyone of one important resolution: be kind to yourself. Yes, that’s right! Let 2016 be the year where you step outside the chaos of life and focus on taking care of YOU!

To promote healthy living, we kicked off our Hart Healthy Challenge yesterday, February 1. HCC staff members are using Jawbone UP24 devices to track their steps throughout the month in a friendly competition. We are all making strides to walk, run, jog, hike, swim and bike more to show the effect an active lifestyle has on a healthy heart. Steps will be tracked on a daily basis and the top stepper at the end of each week will be recognized with a reward for their hard work.

For the grand finale of our Hart Healthy Challenge, the staff member who accumulates the most steps for the month of February will be awarded a $2,000 donation to give to their cardiac-related charity of choice. UPDATE:The second place stepper will be awarded $500 to donate to their cardiac-related charity of choice.

As the month progresses, watch our Twitter feed for updates on the HCC team’s progress and weekly steps! Get involved by sharing your own fitness progress using #HartHealthyChallenge. Even better, consider starting your own “Healthy Heart Month” challenge in your office. And remember, get moving for a healthier heart and a happier body!

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Hart Clinical Consultants Experiences Rapid Growth, Doubles Staff

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Stan Reaves Also Named Chief Operating Officer

ATLANTA (January 13, 2016) – Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC), a specialized and adaptable Clinical Research Organization (CRO) that conducts and manages all aspects of novel medical device and pharma clinical trials, has announced it has more than doubled it’s staff over the past six months.

The expansion has brought with it changes to HCC’s executive team. HCC’s former Director of Business Development Stan Reaves, has been promoted to chief operating officer. As COO, Reaves will lead HCC’s national consortium of highly-trained clinical research professionals in providing study sponsors with comprehensive regulatory and clinical support services, including case proctoring, monitoring and audit functions. He is also responsible for HCC’s project management and training programs.

Stepping up to fill Reaves’s shoes in the business development role is Patric Mercer. Mercer’s primary focus as manager of business development is growth and oversight of sales and marketing operations for HCC and assisting with clinical trial operations. Prior to joining HCC, Mercer was a practice administrator and clinical research manager for SleepMed, Inc., where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of SleepMed’s clinical facilities and all aspects of its clinical trial operations.

“We are extremely grateful to have been able to acquire such industry-leading talent over the past several months,” said HCC CEO Jim Hart. “It makes our national network of clinical trial professionals even stronger.”

Within the past six months, HCC also added 11 senior clinical research associates (CRA’s) to it’s ranks, to include: Kari Anderson, Jill Barnes, Janice Boyd, Beth Davis, Cheryl Fink, Helen Gleason, JoAnn Key, Larry Lobacz, Bryan Petrisko, Susan Wilson and Carol Anne Yarbrough. HCC’s senior CRA’s are the company’s back bone and are responsible for a host of integral duties, including procedure proctoring, site management and monitoring as well as working directly with sponsors/clients – all to ensure compliance with clinical trial protocols and the scientific integrity of all data collected.

To learn more about HCC’s national team of medical professionals and innovative services, visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com

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About Hart Clinical Consultants: Hart Clinical Consultants is a comprehensive clinical research organization (CRO), providing staff augmentation and leadership throughout all phases of medical device and pharma/IND clinical trials. HCC has an industry leading staff of senior clinical research consultants and specialists across the country that integrate directly into host environments, providing expert proctoring, training, monitoring and oversight for medical device trials. Hart Clinical Consultants has a proven history of securing thorough and timely results for such high-profile brands as Stryker, ResMed, Juventus, CardioDx and Integrium. For more information, follow @HartClinical on Twitter or visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com

HCC Welcomes Anderson as Sr. Clinical Research Consultant/Sr. Research Specialist

ATLANTA – Feb. 2, 2015 – Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC), a novel medical device training, proctoring and monitoring company announced that Kari S. Anderson, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CCRAhas joined HCC as a senior clinical research consultant and senior clinical research specialist. In this role, Dr. Anderson will manage all aspects of clinical trial operations and provide training support for innovative medical devices and procedures.

An accomplished educator, medical affairs specialist and experienced clinical research associate (CRA) with more than 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Anderson has demonstrated accomplishments in clinical monitoring, project management, creative instructional strategies, and global clinical research and development. She has been recognized for exceptional collaboration and leadership skills, cross-functional team development, and innovative problem solving aptitude.

With extensive device and pharmaceutical experience in multiple therapeutic areas, Dr. Anderson was most recently a regional CRA for Anderson Clinical Consultants inWestminster, MD. In this role, she was responsible for negotiating contractual agreements to maximize value, cost effectiveness and strategic alignment; monitoring all phases of medical device and pharmaceutical clinical trials; and monitoring assigned clinical sites to ensure all study activities were conducted efficiently, meet enrollment goals and were in compliance with all applicable regulations. She also helped develop monitoring and communication best-practice tools.

Dr. Anderson also held positions with Abbott Medical Optics in Santa Ana, CA as east coast regional manager and principal CRA, and at Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, IL as senior clinical manager, outsourcing.

Dr. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s of Science in Critical Care Nursing from Duke University. She earned her Doctorate in Adult Education from North Carolina State University.

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 About Hart Clinical Consultants: Hart Clinical Consultants is a comprehensive trial management organization (TMO) providing staff augmentation and leadership throughout all phases of medical device clinical trials. HCC has an industry leading staff of Senior Clinical Research Consultants and Specialists that integrate directly into host environments, providing expert proctoring, training, monitoring and oversight for medical device trials. Hart Clinical Consultants has a proven history of securing thorough and timely results for such high-profile brands as Stryker, ResMed, Avinger and Velomedix. For more information, follow @HartClinical on Twitter or visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.